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Defined By An Editorial Page?

In a blog posting for The Slice Thursday, Paul Turner tells of someone asking him how he can stand working for The Spokesman-Review. Seems the questioner was upset re: the day's editorial on “Complete Streets.” Posts Paul: “I'm asked that question every now and then, often in response to an S-R editorial or political endorsement.” On Thursday, Paul's correspondent found the editorial to be “uninformed and utterly lacking vision. I did not try to talk him out of that reaction. I, too, am tired of the suggestion that cyclists don't pay taxes. But here's the thing about editorial pages. They exist in an orbit all their own. Maybe it requires denial or rationalization, but people who start working for newspapers either figure that out or they don't.” You can read the full post here.

Question: Do you define a newspaper by its editorial page?

You Can Trust Oatmeal Eaters

I have this theory. You can count on people who eat oatmeal every morning. And if they have it with raisins and a little brown sugar, even better. This applies mostly to those who eat oatmeal for breakfast all year, but people who have it only during winter can also be trusted. Let’s move on/Paul Turner, The Slice. More here.

Question: I had a PBJ sandwich with apricot jelly and a glass of milk to begin the day today. What did you have?

Slice: Actresses Who Lived In Idaho

In the category of “Actresses Who Have Lived In Idaho,” SR Slice buddy Paul Turner posts this photo on his blog of Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men.” She lived in Twin Falls as a child, Paul reports. BTW, if you love nostalgia and Paul's snippets in the print Slice, you should check out his online slice here.

Question: Who is your favorite Idaho-born or -raised actor?

Slice: Something Doesn’t Smell Right

Jerry Harrison (a she) and another retired teacher were having lunch at NorthTown. A cluster of teenage boys sat not far away. The lads were casually dressed in sports togs, including basketball-esque tops with the big arm-holes. “They seemed to be enjoying one another’s company,” said Harrison. Then something unexpected happened. “Someone took out a stick of deodorant, applied it generously, and then passed it around the table for everyone to use. Which they did.” This left Harrison wondering: “Only in Spokane?”/Paul Turner, SR Slice. More here.

Question: Have you seen teen boys do something this gross or worse?

Tantrums: Clean Up On Aisle 5

Forget about football and basketball. Tantrum-defusing is Spokane’s No. 1 spectator sport. Practically everybody goes to the grocery store. And sooner or later we all witness little kids having meltdowns. So we also get to see how parents handle these public scenes. As you might have noticed, approaches and results vary. Some parents remain calm. They count on exhaustion or the eventual triumph of reason. Others lose it right along with their child down there on the floor, kicking and screaming. That can get ugly. Now it almost goes without saying that there are right ways and wrong ways to conduct yourself on the periphery of a category 5 tantrum/Paul Turner, SR Slice, More here.

Question: Paul Turner goes on to give several “right” and “wrong” ways to handle a tantrum when someone else’s kid is throwing a fit. How do you handle a tantrum when you encounter one at a store?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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